World of Warcraft was initially released on November 23rd of 2004 which makes 2019 its 15 anniversary. World of Warcraft, like any game, had its ups and downs, big releases and bad updates. Let’s take a look at all World of Warcraft anniversaries, 2004 23rd November up until now.
2004, The Roots
World of Warcraft was released for the 10th anniversary of the Warcraft franchise on November 23, 2004. “The line [was] looped around the building,” said Paul Sams in an interview in 2005. The line he is referring to is the line to buy an autographed copy of World of Warcraft. The Times and Escapist Magazine estimated there were around ~5000 people there in the line. 240,000 copies were sold on the first day.
World of Warcraft had no anniversary events until 2008, but they released a timeline in 2005 which you can still see an archived version of it. WoW was launched in Europe, Korea, and China in 2005. They also reached 4.5m subscribers in 2005. The Burning Crusade was also announced in November 2005.
There were no achievements for anniversaries until 2008, and the reason for that is simple. There were no achievements back then. But there was a lottery event in 2007 as the anniversary event.
2008 – 4th
This year was the first year that World of Warcraft had an in-game “event” for the anniversary. Logging in during this event would grant feats of strength achievement “WoW’s 4th Anniversary“. You had to log in on the 23rd of November to get this achievement. You would also get a mail from the WoW dev team with a Baby Blizzard Bear attached.
From: The WoW Dev Team
Subject: WoW’s 4th anniversary!
Do you know that the World of Warcraft is now four years old?
We wanted to send you something to say thanks for sharing this game with us. Sure, the 4th anniversary present is traditionally “flowers”… but in WoW, it’s “bear”.
With that said, please accept this furry little friend! Just remember to hold his fish by the tail, not the body… that mouth is bigger than it looks.
The WoW Dev Team
2009 – 5th
This year marked the fifth anniversary of WoW and the fifteen anniversary of Warcraft.
Blizzard also did something special this year, an event called Battlecry.
This event basically asked people to send a picture of themselves with their faction symbol.
In celebration of the five-year anniversary of World of Warcraft, we’re giving members of the Horde and Alliance a chance to show their faction pride and unlock iconic Warcraft artwork in the process. Just print out the Horde or Alliance symbol, take a photo of you and/or your friends showing off your faction’s emblem with pride, and then send us the picture via the submission form. Your photos will be used to gradually build a Warcraft photo mosaic, and the more photos we get, the more artwork we unlock on the website. Once the total number of submissions reaches the threshold, we’ll reveal an exclusive new piece of art in a master mosaic. Be a part of Warcraft history and submit your photo today!
Thanks to the combined effort of Warcraft players from around the world, we have reached twenty thousand submissions, and the final World of Warcraft BattleCry Mosaic has been revealed. You can now check out the complete mosaic, which can only be described by one word: epic. Thank you to everyone who sent in their pictures to help us create a little piece of Warcraft history, and thank you to all our players around the world for your continued support. Lok’tar!
2010 – 6th
There was no permanent reward for the 6th Anniversary, just an in-game mail and an Achievement, WoW’s 6th Anniversary, if you logged in between November 30 and December 14, 2010.
Wow, another year has gone by for WoW!
We wanted to thank you again for continuing to play World of Warcraft with us. With the return of a certain very large dragon (spoiler alert!), this is going to be a rough year for the world of Azeroth. On the other hand, that means heroes are going to be needed more than ever.
Get out there and defend a shattered world!
The WoW Dev Team
2011 – 7th
Just like last year, but this time there was an item included in the mail. [Celebration Package] which increased your reputation and experience gain by 15%. The Anniversary event period was between November 20 and December 3, 2011.
2012 & 2013 – 8th & 9th
You would get the achievement and mail if you logged in between November 18, 2012, and December 2, 2012. The strange thing about the 8th Anniversary was, even though the current expansion was Mists of Pandaria, the mails that were sent were like 6th and 7th Anniversary, about Deathwing.
The 9th anniversary was also just like the 8th, but with a new mail.
Wow, yet another year has gone by for WoW!
We wanted to thank you again for continuing to play World of Warcraft with us. So here’s a little Celebration Package to go with your adventures!
The WoW Dev Team
2014 – 10th
World of Warcraft 10th Anniversary was it’s biggest at the time. You could log in between November 21, 2014 and January 5, 2015 to earn an achievement and the Molten Corgi pet. You could participate in Tarren Mill vs Southshore 40v40 battleground that was available back then, and there was a Raid Finder style of Molten Core which awarded Core Hound Chain. there was also a chance to earn Hatespark the Tiny, and Flames of Ragnaros.
2015 – 11th
11th Anniversary was like other ones. Logging in between November 16, 2015 to November 30, 2015 would award the Player with a Feat of strength Achievement and an in-game mail. The mail included :
- Inflatable Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
- Exquisite Costume Set: “Edwin VanCleef”
- Celebration Wand – Gnoll
- Celebration Wand – Murloc
- Celebration Package
2016 – 2018 (12th – 14th)
Same as last year, the only difference were the rewards. 12th Anniversary was during Legion so the rewards included Timewarped badge, a feature added in Legion.
- [Timewarped Badge] x200
- [Letter from the Timewalkers]
- [Celebration Package]
- 13th Anniversary Also included [A Slightly More Urgent Letter from the Timewalkers]
There was also a shop available for 13th Anniversary and WoW Classic World Bosses to kill for Timewarped Badge. 2 Daily Quests were also available.
- Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses
- Tranquil Mechanical Yeti Costume
- Celebration Wand – Trogg
- Celebration Wand – Quilboar
For 14th Anniversary [Overtuned Corgi Goggles] was also added.
2019 – 15th
This year’s Anniversary is the biggest one. Aside from the usual Achievement and mail, you can obtain Lil’ Nefarian just by logging in.
This November marks the 15th anniversary of World of Warcraft, and we have some special things planned to celebrate the occasion. Players who log in during the event period will receive a celebration package in the mail with a Lil’ Nefarian pet and some other in-game goodies. Throughout the duration of the event, you’ll be able to participate in three unique raids with iconic encounters from past expansions along with an old-school-inspired Alterac Valley battleground. Players who defeat all nine bosses in the raid wings will receive the Obsidian Worldbreaker, a Black Dragonflight mount inspired by Deathwing. Players who participate in Alterac Valley and complete an achievement can earn two new mounts: the Stormpike Battle Ram (Alliance) and the Frostwolf Snarler (Horde).
There is an old-school Alterac Valley, Which rewards you Stormpike Battle Ram (Alliance) and Frostwolf Snarler (Horde) just by participating. And a handful of transmog items that can be bought by Timewarped badge.
A raid of iconic encounters from The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lichking, and Cataclysm is also available, Called Memories of Chromie. Completing all the 3 wings awards Memories of Fel, Frost and Fire which grants the Obsidian Worldbreaker.
A lot of new items are also added which can be bought.
- [Blue Anniversary Balloons]
- [Red Anniversary Balloons]
- [Celebration Firework]
- [Sharpened Pin]
- [Anniversary Gift]
- [Sugary Soul Shard]
- [Spellstone Delight]
A special 15th Anniversary pin was also available at SDCC 2019, and Blizzcon 2019.